American Flag FAQ

In this post we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the American Flag. 

When Was The American Flag Created?

The American Flag was officially adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. It has since gone through several modifications to its design – most notably in 1959 when Hawaii became the 50th state and Alaska was added as a star on the flag.

Who Designed The First American Flag?

Betsy Ross is credited with designing the first American Flag. She was a Philadelphia seamstress and made the flag using instructions from General George Washington. The original design featured 13 stars in a circle and 13 red and white stripes, signifying the original 13 colonies.

What Do The Stars & Stripes On The American Flag Represent?

The stars on the American Flag represent the fifty states of the United States. Each star is a symbol of unity and represents one state. The stripes, on the other hand, represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in 1776.

When Do You Fly The American Flag At Half Mast?

The American Flag is typically flown at half mast to honor a person or event, as well as to show respect and during times of national mourning. The decision to fly the flag at half mast, and for how long, is be made by the President of the United States.

Can You Fly The American Flag At Night?

Yes, the American Flag can be flown at night, although it must be illuminated if displayed outside during the hours of darkness. This rule applies to all US flags regardless of size or type and is outlined in the US Code for proper flag display. A spotlight or floodlight should be used for illumination.

Where Are American Flags Made?

American Flags are typically made in the United States by companies that specialize in flag production. The flags are typically made with high-quality materials, such as nylon and polyester, which make them durable and able to withstand the elements. Allegiance Flag Supply produces American Flags in Charleston, South Carolina.

How Do You Dispose Of The American Flag?

The proper way to dispose of the American Flag is in a dignified and respectful manner. The United States Flag Code outlines the proper protocol for disposing of a worn or tattered flag which includes burning, burying, or cutting it into small pieces. You should never throw away the flag.

Can You Wash The American Flag?

Yes, it is possible to wash the American Flag. However, if not done properly, this could lead to damage and deterioration of the fabric. For best results, use a mild detergent on a delicate cycle with cool water and allow the flag to air dry. Hand-washing is also an option.

Can The American Flag Get Wet?

Yes, the American Flag can get wet. American Flags are designed to withstand prolonged exposure to all weather conditions, including rain and snow. The general rule is that a flag should not be flown when it is raining or snowing heavily, as this would cause unnecessary wear and tear of the fabric.

Can You Fly The American Flag Upside Down?

No, it is not acceptable to fly the American Flag upside down as this is a sign of disrespect or distress. The only time this is allowed is in an emergency where a person or property is in imminent danger. In all other circumstances, the US Flag must be displayed correctly, right side up.

What Are The Official Flag Etiquette Rules?

There are many etiquette rules when it comes to the American flag, such as how to display & store it. Some of the most important rules are that the flag should never touch the ground, always be lit if flown at night, and should be changed if it becomes tattered or damaged.

When Is The American Flag Flown At Half Mast?

The American flag is flown at half mast as a sign of respect or mourning. It is typically flown at half mast after the death of a prominent figure or public servant, but can also be flown after natural disasters or tragic events. The president is in charge of ordering when & for what reason the American flag should be flown at half mast.

How Do You Dispose Of An American Flag?

The American flag should be disposed of in a respectful way, such as burning. It should never be thrown in the trash or treated disrespectfully. There are organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, that will dispose of flags for you. It is also acceptable to bury a flag.